Beach week: a high school graduation rite of passage for sun, sand, suds, and sex.

BACKGROUND Every year, thousands of suburban high school graduates from mid Atlantic states flock to nearby coastal beaches for a long-anticipated rite of passage known as "beach week." Sand, sun, and sea, and also smoking, binge drinking, drugs, and sex, are reported to be dominant themes. OBJECTIVE To document risk-taking behaviors by girls during beach… CONTINUE READING